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At only 10 years old, Rosalynn Bem of Newton, New Jersey has already proven to be a valuable member of her community.
Rosalynn was diagnosed with diabetes nine years ago, and is now a busy fifth-grader who often finds herself juggling her many after-school activities.
"It's hard to keep her inside," says Rosalynn's mother, a nuclear medicine technologist at a local hospital.
Much of Rosalynn's time is devoted to service to others. As a member of the local 4-H Club, Rosalynn has participated in fund-raisers and a number of community service activities, such as visiting nursing homes during the holidays and taking up mail collections to send to the soldiers during Desert Storm.
At her father's suggestion, Rosalynn joined the local volunteer fire department and helps out whenever she is needed. (Her father is a firefighter in their community.)
She serves food to the men and clears the tables, cleans the firetrucks for parades, brings coffee to firefighters at fire scenes and helps collect money during annual fund drives. Several of her friends have also volunteered their time.
Rosalynn is actively involved in the New Jersey Pony Owners Club.
While she takes care of her pony, Sparky (who won a Grand Champion award last year), she also helps set up jumps on the course, carries messages to judges, hands out ribbons and helps clean up after the shows.
During the spring, Rosalynn participates in her community's spring cleanup of the roads. In the summer she works at the booths at the Sussex County Fair, and enters her own paintings and sculptures in arts and crafts contests.
She hasn't won any awards so far, but improving her art skills is on the top of her list of …